My friend and fellow cruise writer Gene Sloan is based in New York and so keeps very close tabs on the Bermuda cruise industry. He posted this on his blog today:
Planning a cruise to Bermuda in the coming months? There’s a chance you’ll have to take a tender boat from your ship to shore instead of walking off at a dock as scheduled.
That’s the word today from the Bermuda Sun, which says some cruise ships visiting Bermuda this spring that are scheduled to tie up at a dock instead may have to drop anchor in Bermuda’s Great Sound because of ongoing repair work at the destination’s Heritage Wharf.
The Sun says Bermuda’s government is looking into the possibility of a tendering operation for some cruise ships scheduled to dock at Heritage Wharf if the repair work isn’t done when the cruise season begins next month. The government has met with stakeholders to discuss contingency plans, the news outlet says
Heritage Wharf is one of two dock areas at Bermuda’s Dockyard, and thus a tendering operation only would be required on days when more than one ship is visiting, the Sun suggests.
The first such day is April 10, when Oceania Cruises’ Riviera is scheduled to visit the Dockyard at the same time as Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas, the news outlet says. Two ships also are scheduled to be at the Dockyard on April 15, April 29, May 5 and May 6.
Bermuda’s Royal Gazette in December reported that cruise industry representatives had expressed concern that the repair work at Heritage Wharf wouldn’t be completed in time for the coming season. The government has downplayed such worries.